MA Thesis Exhibition: Brandon Dyer, Karen Habeeb, Deborah Levine

Cressman Center for Visual Arts

100 E. Main St.

Louisville, KY 40202

Exhibition: November 15 – December 21, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, November 15, 6:00-8:00pm

First Friday Trolley Hop:  December 6, 6:00-9:00 p.m. 

The University of Louisville Hite Art Institute presents an exhibition of work by three Hite MA in Fine Arts candidates at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts.  Brandon Dyer will present an exhibition of hand painted prints. Karen Habeeb will exhibit 2D abstract textile pieces.  Deborah Levine will present her unique hand knitted works created from vinyl-coated polyester.  The MA Thesis Exhibition will open Friday, November 15 with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Brandon Dyer will present a collection of work representing over two years of creating original narrative prints that tell a moral.  The artist writes, “I have created a fable telling the story of a flawed hero who must face his fears in order to not only save his love and her empire from an evil warlock but to save himself.  Through these hand painted prints, the story of The Sea Empress’s Garden is told and the choices these characters must make and experience the consequences.”  Dyer received a BFA in Fine Arts as well as a degree in psychology from the University of Louisville.  He is a member of the Southern Graphics Council.  His work can be found in the University of Louisville Art Books collection and public and private collections in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, California, and Louisiana. I currently live in Southern Indiana. 

Karen Habeeb’s artwork primarily involves 2D abstract compositions in fabrics reclaimed from discarded clothing or other textiles, most often wool and linen.  The Artist works in a rapid, improvisational style to create the hand-sewn pieces.  She writes “When I disassemble garments, and reassemble them into something new, I feel I might be creating possibilities and visions for new bodies, new lives, new realities for me and for others.  We all get broken down, cut up, underappreciated or thrown away in life.  I believe that, like the clothes, we can all be remade into something useful and beautiful again.”  Habeeb was born in Louisville.  She attended St. Agnes School and Seneca High School.  She holds a B.A. in Humanities (Ancient Culture) from the University of Louisville.

Deborah Levine is an artist and a knitter.  She seeks to find the best use for my materials, one that takes advantage of their characteristics while not forcing them to do something they cannot do.  Levine writes, “In the case of the yarn (vinyl-coated polyester) used for work in this show, the simplest knitting techniques are best. Without any coaxing from me, the yarn knits into a transparent fabric with wavy edges and uneven stitches, creating undulating organic forms despite the synthetic nature of its origin.”  Deborah holds a BA in English, BS in Environmental Horticulture, and MS in Botany from the University of Connecticut.  She serves as Chairperson for the Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists.  She has participated in multiple invitational exhibitions, group shows, and juried shows across the Nation.

The exhibition will run through Saturday, December 21, 2013.

Gallery Hours:

Wed. – Fri., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; & 1st Fri., 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Cressman Center exhibitions are free and open to the public.

For information about the Hite Art Institute, visit or call (502) 852-0288. 

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